Consider how many hours each week you will attend class, clinic rotations, preceptorships and so forth. Additionally, it is not uncommon to need to spend up to 2 hours for each hour of class. Factor in time for sleep, eating, showering, and travel, and you may discover that there is not a lot of time left over for yourself and your family. It is important to schedule time to exercise, spend time with family and friends, and fit in hobbies and other important activities.
1 week = 168 hours.
- Set goals for studying and prioritize them.
- Establish deadlines to help keep yourself on track.
- Divide tasks into smaller, achievable tasks.
- Agree with living mates about study time. Be explicit with others that your study time means no interruptions.
- Monitor interruptions: Turn off your phone; disconnect from the Internet; study in a quiet location
- Learn to say no: Succeeding in school is your top priority, and most people will understand that you are too busy if you emphasize this priority.
- Get ready the night before: By completing a few tasks before bed, you can start your day off on schedule
- Evaluate your time to determine who and what is eating up important time.